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‘I put weird stuff in my ear’: Bruce Jenner makes odd confession… but it’s just a bad lip reading skit for Red Nose Day special.

Every once in a while the A-listers from Hollywood remind the rest of us that they really do have heart. The Oscar-winner’s breathtaking entrance on the live NBC special ended up leaving her literally hanging in air – but of course, being a comedy charity drive, it was all for show.During a night of a thousand pranks, Gwyneth Paltrow seemed to experience some technical difficulties during NBC’s live Red Nose Day special on Thursday that left her dangling above the stage.As a video segment from Keeping Up With The Kardashians played, words were dubbed over to turn an innocent chat between the reality stars into a hilarious skit.

“Do something funny for money” was the slogan of NBC’s inaugural “Red Nose Day” telecast, a live three-hour show that helped raise more than $10 million to aid children living in poverty in the U.S. and abroad. Viewers saw a blonde woman drop from a helicopter, roll on the building rooftop, fit herself with a harness and then jump through a skylight – all while wearing heels. After 30 years of fundraising in Britain for causes at home and overseas, Comic Relief has set up shop in America too, with red noses on sale in pharmacy giant Walgreens and the Empire State Building glowing crimson in support yesterday. The telecast that originated Thursday from New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom went off with only a few minor hitches that were probably not visible to the viewing audience at home.

Seth Meyers and Jane Krakowski split hosting duties while others, including (but not limited to) Emily Blunt and her hubby John Krasinski, Chris Hemsworth, Zach Efron, Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, One Direction, Elizabeth Banks, and Rose Byrne participated in hilarious sketches encouraging people to dig deep into their pockets and donate. According to NBC.com, the benefit will help 12 charity organisations that strive to lift children and young people out of poverty in America and other countries. Paltrow’s ex Chris Martin was also on hand for the event and helped out by creating Game of Thrones: The Musical in a hilarious sketch that aired during the telecast. They were joined by stars including John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Michelle Rodriguez, Gwyneth Paltrow, the coaches on The Voice, Richard Gere, Jennifer Garner, One Direction, Zac Efron, Helen Mirren, Robert Pattinson, and many more.

In a daring move, the Goop founder was lowered into the room in Mission Impossible-style harness. (Okay, for full disclosure, it may have been a stunt double up on the roof.) Either way, it was the real Gwyneth once inside. Her grand entrance lasted a little longer than planned, however, as she found herself unable to uncouple from the harness, and was left hanging in mid-air while Meyers continued the segment. “This worked much better in rehearsal,” she noted. Clad in a skintight black catsuit, the mother of two had everything under control — until her ropes didn’t quite reach the ground and (literally) left her hanging above the stage. Chris Martin flexed his comedy chops in easily the most entertaining segment of the night, in which Coldplay were writing Game of Thrones, the Musical. Spoof though it may be, with musical numbers such as Harrington’s ‘Wild-ling’ (“you pull my bow string”) and Danaerys, aka Emilia Clarke’s ‘Rastafarian Targaryan’, Martin could well have a potential West End hit on his hands… In this “Hollywood Secrets” sketch, Richard Gere, Jodie Foster and Hugh Bonneville shared their memories of working with Julia Roberts. “She has what I’d describe as a distinctive voice,” says Foster, “but it’s not what I would associate with a Hollywood leading lady.” Currently travelling North America with their Innocence tour, U2 recorded a special performance of Song for Someone, while country star Keith Urban duetted with John Mellencamp on Pink Houses.

Yes, the Brit crashed the first car he tried to park (apparently he didn’t take American driver’s ed before getting the plum gig), but he looked so great doing it, no one cared one bit (well, except for the person whose car he crashed). Less anthemic, but no less enjoyable for it, was a duet between British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and Kermit the Frog, who perched on a speaker as they sang The Rainbow Connection together, with a slightly giggly Ed on guitar. To promote the effort, NBC struck a deal with Walgreens to sell plastic red clown noses, with the proceeds going to various charities identified by Red Nose USA. Myers stated that although it is a British charity, he didn’t want any Brits involved with the US effort, because “they are famously terrible actors.” None the less Britain’s Hollywood contingent managed to find themselves roles working behind the scenes. Orlando Bloom was running the control room, while Eddie Redmayne wished everyone good luck (a full-time job, apparently); Robert Pattinson was joyriding in the studio’s valet parking, Helen Mirren was on tea duty, Sir Ian McKellen was on the teleprompter, and Benedict Cumberbatch was making heavy weather of writing the cue cards.

Britain, he told viewers, has raised over $1 billion for Comic Relief in the past 30 years. “And you know that everyone in the UK will be sitting there in their castles, drinking tea, saying ‘It’ll be rubbish in America’s hands’,” he asserted. Will Ferrell, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Nick Offerman, Jimmy Fallon, Jennifer Aniston, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington and members of Coldplay were among the celebs who took part in the short films produced for the special. In an “unedited” clip from Erin Brokovich (the role that won her an Oscar a while back), Roberts’ voice was a far cry from the lilting feminine tone we’ve come to know and love. NBCUniversal poured money and resources into the launch of what it hopes will become an annual event for the network and the nation. “Today” anchor Matt Lauer took a 220-mile bike ride to raise awareness of the special.

On Thursday night, “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen and “Today” anchor Hoda Kotb were parked in Times Square asking passers by to donate money by buying them drinks. Paltrow, happily, made it out of her harness in time to play Byrne’s best friend whom, equally predictably, Merchant tried to persuade into some sort of threesome, “for charity”. “I’ve got a Golden Globe,” he reasoned. “I’ve got an Oscar,” came her inevitable reply. After a middle hour hosted by an awkwardly deadpan David Duchovny, a perky Jane Krakowski upped the energy levels for the final leg, first introducing a slew of female remakes of male-led films, including Indianna Jones (in which the heroine, played by Anna Kendrick, kits out her home with some lovely antiques), Three Women and a Baby (there’s no real drama; actresses January Jones, Bianca Kajlich, and Anna Camp just get on with it) and 12 Hangry Women (the all-female jury, led by Laura Linney, agrees on a Not Guilty verdict in seconds, but cannot decide on what to have for lunch). Some of the show’s most recognizable faces came out for the occasion, including Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau (who plays the aristocratic Jaime Lannister) and Emilia Clarke, who belted out a Rastafarian ode inspired by her Targaryen namesake.

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